Not a time for catch up

So much keeps happenning and Chad and I have ideas for things we need to write down to remember all of the time. But it is never convenient. There are still so many things “to-do” and we still only have energy for something effortless and mindless when we are too tired to work on that to-do list. We’ve really liked watching Breaking Bad episodes.

Eden is a little girl. She is getting so grown up. She just looks bigger. She is getting to be a great negotiator and I am sure she is starting to manipulate us too, even though I like to think we are too consistent for her to get anything out of it. She will start Reception here in the fall. Whereas in Murray, Utah she would have missed the cutoff for Kindergarten here in London she will be going to school full day. It works out for everyone since she is SO ready. Our neighbor just said that the other day when Eden spotted her in the back garden little miss Eden wanted to have a proper conversation. She mentioned that she kept feeling like she was talking to an 8 year old as opposed to a 4 year old. She also likes to make rules and launch into long-winded explanations. One might start something like, “Oh, I have a good idea! Let me tell you what we’re going to do. First, you are going to stand on that side of the room. I’m going to stand on this side of the room. I’m going to say ‘red light’ or ‘green light’ or ‘orange light….'” Eden loves being like mom. She sets out her clothes, is developing a very distinctive style and loves putting on makeup. The move has taken a toll on her. In some areas she has regressed and it is proving very difficult to regain lost ground. She has a super pouty face that she sometimes puts on, and you can see her shoulders slump down, to let everyone know how sad she is. Alden, in trying to copy her, will sometimes mess up a word and say, “But that is FAIR!” A lot of that has to do with how chaotic life has been for the past few months. I am sure a big part is how distracted Chad and I have been with all areas of adjustment. Then of course, Eden just doesn’t want to be bothered with somethings so she isn’t motivated to make changes that are harder in the short run even if they make things better in the long run. Chad and I spend a lot of time talking about and trying new things to help her out. Eden is making some new friends among our excellent neighbors and hopefully we’ll get her involved in some out of the home activities soon. She sure misses her cousins and friend McKaila though and we hear plenty about all her plans to have them come visit or for us to go on all the sleeping plane and the other plane to go see them. She keeps offering to pick people up from the airport if they will go get on a flight to London right away. We had promised her a “moving party” so she could have friends over. We did that yesterday with two of our neighbors. Eden drew rainbows and taped up balloons and ripped up crêpe paper into confetti for decorations. She has been so excited talking about a party. We can’t get enough of this sweetie. She loves spending her quiet play time during naps making little pictures, notes and surprises for the members of the family.

Alden is changing so much these past few weeks! It is hard to beleive Chad was concerned about his communication development a few months back. He constantly surprises me these days with the ideas he is able to express. (“I slept so soundly! Jasher didn’t even wake me up! I have a lot of energy!”) He is a cheerful goofy crazy boy. Besides him wanting me to apply my makeup to him (“Is this boy makeup?”) and requesting bright red nail polish he is all boy. I do not know where he learned it but our house is a completely different place with him around. Everything is a shooting device. People are dead all the time, there is a lot more action involved in playtime. He must be my child because his decible level is way up there. There seem to be a few volume controls but the default setting is really really really loud. REALLY loud! I keep telling him, “You don’t need to shout.” He loves being silly and loves his sister. Recently they strted doing sleepovers. We catch them setting up tents and forts on their bunkbeds and sleeping together. I love that they are such great friends. They are sure going to miss eachother this fall. Alden has been getting a handle on potty training and gets very excited for his candy rewards. All of the in-and-out of pants means that he never seems to be fully clothed anymore. He is always just running around in his diaper. It makes trying to get out of the door a little challenging, it requires a whole wardrobe change. Alden has been super snuggly lately. He loves to just come and give big hugs and hang out on our laps for awhile. Alden is a great sharer. He is always seems to be giving his last bite or snack or whatever to who ever stands in need. He loves make beleive games right now. In fact almost every tube ride we seems to be making a cake complete with cleaning the mixing bowl. His favorite cake to make on the tube is chocolate mint.

Jasher clearly a different little baby than the one we brought with us to London. He loves to play games and imitate now. He likes trilling his lips with his fingers and clapping. He loves chasing after Alden and Eden all over the house. He is a master at staircases with all the practices over our 3 1/2 floor house. He still has an asymmetric crawl where one leg is extended behind him so he can use his foot, and on the other side he uses his knee. He is starting to take some steps on his own and preferring 2 instead of 4 for some things. One is when you are sitting on the floor he will stand up and walk right into your arms and give you the biggest most snuggly hugs. Oh! I love his hugs! He likes to nestle right against your neck or cheek and hold really still. For a few weeks he was having fevers and pain every night because of new teeth coming in. That stopped two weeks ago.

One thing we like about this area we’re living in is the family neighborhood. Everyone has kids. There is a school at the end of the street that has 90 4-year-olds in attendance, and every one of them lives within 0.26 miles. We also love walking more, to places like the local bakery. There are a few huge parks right around the corner from our house. The house has a pretty inconvenient layout, with all the stairs and half-floors. The structure is about a century old. All the paint layers keep the doors and light switches from working smoothly. There isn’t a bathroom on the first floor. But it has ample space, so we got a big bed and we can all share the bed in the morning. Most rooms have lots of windows so there is plenty of light.

Posted by on June 9th, 2013

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Katheryn said

June 9, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

Love hearing about the kiddies. I’m glad that Eden gets to start school in the fall. That’ll be great for her. It sounds like life is good and you’re getting used to your new surroundings.

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March 29, 2019 @ 2:37 pm

If you catch up with somebody who is before you, you contact them by strolling quicker than they are strolling. I halted and sat tight for her to catch up. To catch up with somebody intends to achieve a similar standard, stage, or level that they have come to.

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April 2, 2019 @ 8:43 am

Oh really? Good for you. My day has been horrible. Simply a few minutes ago my father started beating me repeatedly and I can still feel the blood pounding in my head. Looks like “God” actually isn’t that great.

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April 30, 2019 @ 8:38 am

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June 20, 2019 @ 7:24 am

The most recent episode, you didn’t miss much. Doug accidentally takes crystal meth and pretty much acts like a Looney the whole time.

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July 1, 2019 @ 7:50 am

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James Joyce is the 20-century writer, the Joyce is very talented children of parents, Joyce was bron in Dublin into a middle-class family. and the middle-class family want higher because they do have and they have a motivation to make it self rich. and he decided to become a painter because he knows i am good in painting and i have intreast as well. just like me i choose writing and open my own cheap writing help because in this i have an intreast. always choose those where you have intreast.

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